Week of April 21, 2019
PASTOR LUHRING’S SERMON “Good News From the Graveyard” Matthew 28:1-10


THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD! Throughout the ages, and especially on Good Friday, the words of grief and defeat have been been spoken. All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The followers of Jesus on that first Easter came to the graveyard fully expecting nothing more than the opportunity to prepare Jesus’s body for the sleep of death. His burial on Good Friday had been done in haste; now they will have more time. But there would be Good News From the Graveyard! Let us join our voices and give praises to our Risen Lord!


WORSHIP THE ALTAR FLOWERS are placed on the altar to the glory of God and thanksgiving of our Risen Lord. OUR
THANKS to everyone who purchased flowers that grace our sanctuary and supported our youth.


  1. THURSDAY A.M. BIBLE STUDY: 10:00 -11:30 will be led by Pastor Mews. The topic will be Genesis 1-3, one of the bulwarks and bookends of the Bible. The class gathers in the fellowship hall and all are welcome, always! Bring yourself and all else is provided.
  1. IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY: Thank you for your input, over 20 people responded. Based on YOUR input, the first in-depth class called “Law and Gospel,” led by Pastor Mews will begin this Tuesday, April 23, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room, all will be provided. As the weeks go by, my hope is to begin another in-depth study that will be able to meet the needs of all who returned forms.
  2. 2019 SPRING-SUMMER LIFE WITH GOD CLASS will be held for those wishing to join, desiring to renew their faith or exploring what Christianity teaches. Pastor Luhring and Pastor Mews will be team teaching this 12-week class that begins next Sunday, April 28, in the Adult Bible Study Room from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Pastors ask that all members attend this Life with God class once every five years.


SCHOOL NEWS NIGHT OF THE ARTS – will be April 25 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. The K – 8 students will be performing musically and displaying their art and school projects. Hope to see you there!
SJL 1st ANNUAL DEB MAXEY WALK-A-THON will take place at the Boy Scout Camp on May 10 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Make plans to walk the trails for the Deborah S. Maxey Scholarship Fund. Pledge forms are available outside the school office. Call the school office to register and to obtain more information.
VBS NEWS – Mark your calendars! The church and school are excited to be hosting VBS this summer, June 3 – 6, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The program is “The Incredible Race by Answers in Genesis!” It will be an exciting time. It is for age 5 through 8th grade. Watch for registration details to come. Online registration will be available soon!
ANNUAL FUND UPDATE – Thank you to those that have helped us near our goal of $33,000.00. We have raised $29,631.67 to date. We are almost there! If you would like to help us reach our goal, mark your giving “SJL Annual Fund” and the school will receive the gift.
OTHER MINISTRIES LADIES AID will be meeting this Thursday April 25, at 2:00 p.m. Our program is “Blessings God Shares with us Through Companion Dogs”
by Karen Kent. Our Food Pantry item is hand soap. Hostess Committee: Dianna Gathman, Judie Zachrich and Shellie Kosmerchock.
UPCOMING EVENTS May 4 & 5 Compassion Weekend May 10 Deb Maxey Walk-A-Thon, Camp Lakota June 3 Vacation Bible School
6:30 a.m. 45
8:00 a.m. 64
9:30 a.m. 124
11:00 a.m. 94
Lenten Services 152
Total 479
Wed. April 17, 1:00 p.m. Lenten Service, 7:30 p.m. – Lenten Drama Holy Communion
Maundy Thurs. April 18, 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion
Good Friday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. Holy Communion
Tenebrae Service, 7:30 p.m. Senior Choir
Sat. April 20, 6:30 p.m.,
Easter Sunday, April 21, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m Holy Communion at all Easter services